As I wrote a few weeks ago, I don't expect any late NFL cut to make an impact on a CFL team in 2011; this being said,I nevertheless expect some of these cuts to come to the CFL for tryouts; in the next 3 weeks or so, CFL teams will be allowed to expand their practice rosters from 7 to 12 players; this measure will be in place for a month.Taking into account injuries,some of these cuts/players could still play in the CFL in 2011.
With regards to the/my Als,I am positive that we will see some late NFL cuts for tryouts; some of these players,following their tryouts, will definitely be signed for next season and beyond. With this in mind and knowing that Jim Popp brings a special attention to players with 3 to 5 years of NFL experience, I am listing some players that we could see with the Als or other CFL teams; the players with NFL experience have less chance to be signed by another team,once released by their team,sonce thy command a higher salary than a rookie,because of their experience. Like the CFL,cap issues are always a concern.We must also keep in mind that each CFL team has a negotiating list of 35 players; for this reason,while a team may want to sign a certain player,they can;t if he is on another team negotiating list. Exceptions are players who have already played in the CFL and have been cut by a NFL team and a free agents.These players can sign with any CFL team. Examples: Stevie Baggs and Richy Fo;ey in 2010.
In 2012, I expect that our defensive line wii change drastically; to me, no less than 3 import defensive linemen and as many as 5 won't be with the Als in 2012; for this reason, I paid a closer attention to releases of defensive linemen. Here are some players that I have identified; most of these players have NFL experience; some of them have 0 NFL experience but have been on a team practice squad from 1 to 3 years.
Kentwan Balmer-DE/DT-24,6-5,315.3 years NFL experience.Former 1st round draft choice of San Francisco,in 2008
Jacob Ford-DE-28,6-4,252. 3 years NFL ex.Pure pass- rusher.6 round draft choice of Tennessee,in 2007.
Alex Hall-DE/LB-26,6-5,240. 3 years NFL ex.Solid pass-rushing abilities.7 round draft choice of Cleveland.
Anthony Hargrove-DT/DE-28,6-3,272.6 years of NFL ex.3 round choice of St-Louis,in 2004. Hope he is on our neg.list!
George Johnson-DE-23,6-4,265.0 NFL ex.In 51 games at Rutgers had 134 tackles and 13 sacks.
Aaron Maybin-DE/LB-23,6-4,228. 2 years NFL ex.1st round choice of Buffalo,in 2009. In 26 games at Penn State had 61 tackles and 16 sacks. A few weeks ago,he was on the neg.list of Winnipeg.
Lorenzo Washington-DE-24,6-4,296. 0 NFL ex.
Chris Wilson-DE/LB-29,6-4,247.4 years of NFL ex.Played with BC in 2005 and 2006.Free agent! If playing in the CFL,in 2011, could be Saskatchewan. Hope that we will sign him.
Vernon Gholston-LB-25,6-3,262. 3 years NFL ex.1st round choice of the Jets,in 2008. In 34 games at Ohio State had 87 tackles and 22 sacks.
Joey LaRocque-LB-25,6-2,228.1 year NFL ex.Lacks ideal size for NFL.Ideal for CFL. In 27 games at Oregon State had 184 tackles; almost an average of 7 a game.-6.8 to be exact- Surelt hope to see him in Montreal.
Zac Etheridge-S-23,6-0,210. 0 NFL ex.In 50 games at Auburn had 261 tackles.
DJ Johnson-CB-25,6-1,191. 2 years NFL ex.
Ryan Jones-CB- 23,5-11,195. 0 NFL ex.In 56 games at Northwest Mo.State had 199 tackles and 14 interceptions
Felton Huggins-WR-28,6-2,195. 0 NFL ex.Was briefly on Als practice roster,in 2009. Was signed by the Bills and added to practice squad.
While none of these players could come to Montreal,I surely hope that some will; it may be the 2011-2012 off-season before we hear from some of them.